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Lots Of LA 4-Year-Olds Are Going to Preschool — But It Depends On Where You Live

July 27, 2018
Priska Neely

Lots of 4-year-olds in Los Angeles County are going to preschool.

Seventy-one percent are enrolled in a licensed center or school setting for a least half of the day. But access to those programs varies wildly in L.A. County and across the state.

That’s according to a new analysis from the University of California, Berkeley, and the American Institutes for Research (AIR), which breaks down pre-k access county by county.

“These numbers so underscore how much more we have to do,” said Kim Pattillo Brownson, vice president of policy and strategy for the advocacy group First 5 LA.

Decades of research show the benefits that early learning can have on on brain development and school readiness, about how investments in early childhood can safe costs down the line.

The report includes some maps and graphs that tell us a lot.

Let us explore!